In the World

In the World


Animal Recycling is the activity that processes the inedible parts of the slaughter.
According to Alltech’s 2013 Global Feed Survey, the world produced 959 million tons of feed and attained 4 percent growth the last year.

Alltech evaluated compound animal feed production in 134 countries in December 2012 based on information obtained in partnership with local feed associations. Visits were made to more than 26,000 feed mills annually.

Among 134 countries surveyed, China was once again the feed production leader, coming in at 198.3 million tons manufactured and with an estimate of over 10,000 feed mills. According to evaluations made in late 2011, the United States and Brazil rank second and third, with 168.5 million tons coming out of 5,251 feed mills, and 66 million tons, from 1,237 mills, respectively. Overall, 26 million tons was the observed increase in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) in the year.

Asia remains number one in the world, with an output of 356 million tons. However, Africa surpassed Asia in growth percentage in 2011, increasing its tonnage by almost 19 percent, to 56 million in 2012, up from 47 million in 2011. Globally, the survey identified 26,240 feed mills, more than half of which in North America and Europe. It is estimated that the Middle East has the largest number of feed mills, with an average of over 63,000 tons produced per plant.

Sixty percent of the feed produced in the world is pelleted, with particularly high percentages in Europe, a low-cost production process made using easy-to-handle equipment. However, compared to the extrusion process, pellets have disadvantages with regard to digestibility, pathogen elimination, and palatability. This fact contributes to the expected actions in favor of evolving the competitiveness of Brazilian products on the international market through improved handling.

When analyzed by species, poultry still dominates, with a 44 percent share of the feed market, at 417.8 million tons, likely due to preference, taste and cost. Growth is estimated to be about 10 percent compared to 2011. Sixty percent of the total feed tonnage is earmarked to broilers, while the rest to feed laying hens, turkeys, ducks, and other birds.

Aquaculture has grown nearly 16 percent since 2011, while pet feed accounts for 20.5 million tons, 40 percent of which produced in the United States, although Brazil continues making considerable strides in this industry.

The 2012 assessment identified a total of 26,240 feed mills worldwide, with Asia and North America home to more than half of them.

“When looking at future demands, mainly feeding nine billion people by 2050, these results should generate optimism and determination in our food and feed industries,” said Alltech CEO Dr. Pearse Lyons. And he continued: “Our global food industry faces the challenges and there is growth in all regards. In addition, we are witnessing this happen in important key areas – BRIC, Africa, and aquaculture.”